First-year Bhoy Holzer marvels at the club’s eminent season

By Ralph Chery

Lansdowne Bhoys midfielder Michael Holzer subbing out of the Fricker Cup quarterfinal against Kendall Wanderers on Sunday. Lansdowne Bhoys Images

 

April 26, 2017

 

Lansdowne Bhoys is on the course of another exhilarating season as they sit in second place in the league with a game in hand and are still in three cup competitions, the Manning Cup State final, the Fricker Cup and Amateur Cup semis.

Summer signing Michael Holzer is in awe of his first season with the amateur giants.

“I haven't lost a game with Lansdowne since I've been playing for the club and I hope it will continue,” Holzer said. “Lansdowne has been very successful and it continues to grow year by year. It's a great experience but our goal is a national championship.”

Lansdowne is on a 20-game unbeaten run in all competition and on a 46-game non-losing streak in the league while winning three straight CSL titles.

Holzer explained the club’s success.

“It's a great community and a very good organization,” the former NY Cosmos B player said. “Everyone is there for each other and it's like a family. Regular practice sessions twice a week and the quality of the players set Lansdowne apart from most amateur clubs.

“The success is logical, we have lots of players that can play or played professionally. After I played for NY Cosmos B last summer, I was introduced to Lansdowne and I'm really happy to play for the club. Our head coach Austin Friel made Lansdowne one of the best amateur teams in the United States.”

Coach Friel’s side blanked Kendall Wanderers 3-0 in the Fricker semifinals in their last outing, a game in which the club awarded Holzer man of the match.

The defensive midfielder is proud of the minor achievement but takes more delight in the 3-0 victory.

“That's obviously a nice thing to hear,” Holzer said. “More importantly we won 3-0 and are in the next round. Everyone played well and all in all a very nice weekend trip to Boston.”

The Bhoys’ clean sheet against Kendall marked their third consecutive clean sheet as they defeated Southie FC 2-0 in the Amateur Cup and Manhattan Celtic with the same scoreline in the league in their last two matches.

Holzer commended his side’s defense and keeper Danso Abdoukarim but also noted that coach Friel signed a variety of high caliber players during the break.

“Our goalkeeper and back line are very solid,” the 26-year-old said. “Not only the defense, we lifted the quality of the roster this spring overall. Our coach Austin Friel recruited lots of new quality players. Gaston Sanchez, Lukas Zarges, Ibrahim Diaby, just a few to name.”

Despite their previous success, Lansdowne has never lifted any of the cups they're competing in now. They’re set to play Brick Lions FC in the National Amateur Cup semifinals, FC Motown in the Fricker Cup semis and Shamrock SC in the Manning Cup final.

The Bhoys' Fricker Cup semifinal’s opponent, Motown, defeated them 3-2 in the U.S. Open Cup qualifiers—their only loss of the season—with a 90th minute goal on Oct. 16.

“If we're going to be concentrated and play the best of our ability, we will have good chances to win the game,” Holzer said about the upcoming matchup.

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